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Detecting the polarization signatures of extra-solar planets
Author(s): J. H. Hough; P. W. Lucas; J. A. Bailey; M. Tamura; E. Hirst
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Paper Abstract

Direct detection of the light scattered from extra-solar planets is important in establishing the planet's mass, radius, albedo and nature of the particles in the planetary atmosphere. We describe, and present results from, a new optical polarimeter (PlanetPol) designed to reach fractional polarizations of 10-6 or better from ground-based telescopes, necessary to detect the polarization signature of unresolved hot-Jupiters.

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Date Published: 11 July 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6269, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy, 62690S (11 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671016
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J. H. Hough, Univ. of Hertfordshire (United Kingdom)
P. W. Lucas, Univ. of Hertfordshire (United Kingdom)
J. A. Bailey, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
M. Tamura, National Astronomical Observatory (Japan)
E. Hirst, Univ. of Hertfordshire (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6269:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy
Ian S. McLean; Masanori Iye, Editor(s)

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